On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Assemblyman Dov Hikind joined Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder and President of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, at the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of two special additions to the Brooklyn school and center for children with autism. Both the ‘Snoezelen’ Sensory Room and the Daily Living Skills Center were sponsored by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, of District 48.
Designed specifically for children with autism, The Snoezelen Room helps to improve auditory, visual-spatial, and motor skills in a safe surrounding. This warm space is rich in textures, colors, lights, scents and sounds. For some students, the goal is sensory stimulation, and to strengthen cause and effect associations. For others, the room can function as a therapeutic respite and a place of relaxation with crash mats, a hammock-like chair, and a full-body warming massage mat. Above all, the room is adaptable and a tremendous addition to Shema Kolainu.
The Daily Living Skills Center helps students master basic living skills and everyday activities by mimicking these events in a controlled setting. Shema Kolainu’s Daily Living Skills Center includes a mini supermarket, laundry center, kitchen, bedroom and gym. Emphasis is placed on navigating the above areas as well as other skills such as; caring for personal belongings, personal hygiene, and general housekeeping skills. Our Center for Daily Living Skills makes a positive difference in educating our children in becoming more independent and community wise.
As Assemblyman Hikind stood behind the checkout counter in the Daily Living Skills Center, he expressed to Dr. Weinstein how excited he is about all the work being done at Shema Kolainu. He said he was honored to be a part of the day’s events and thanked everyone for all the selfless work they continue to do for the children.